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Friday, January 30, 2009

SciGirls Mentor | Patricia Wright, Primatologist

Primatologist Patricia Wright, one of the world's leading experts on lemurs, has studied the species in Madagascar for over twenty years. You know lemurs: the tiny, wide-eyed prosimians with striped tails (think King Julien from the Madagascar movies). Turns out the island of Madagascar, off the east coast of African, is the only place on the planet these creatures are found. And Wright was instrumental in helping establish the country's leading protected area for this rare wildlife. In fact, she's often called a "conservation hero" for her work.

Dr. Wright is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Stony Brook University and the Executive Director for the Institute for the Conservation of Tropical Environments. In 1986, she and her colleagues discovered a new species of lemur, the golden bamboo lemur. Want to know more? Check out the Nova special on Patricia Wright.

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